Rabbinically Speaking

Lessons from the ‘Mommy of us all’

Millions of people just celebrated Mother’s Day. Whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner with mom, or Zoom calls, it’s a holiday looked forward to by moms, their children and, of course, Hallmark, that estimates a whopping 113 million cards exchanged annually. As a rabbi I often remind those I speak with that for the Jewish nation, Mother’s Day is […]

Seeing the stories of the refugees in our reflection

At our Seder table, we typically ask probing questions to spark meaningful dialogue related to the Exodus story. One of our favorite hypothetical prompts is as follows: If you were forced to flee from your home and you could only take just a few things with you, what would you take? The answers are always unique, personal, and tinged with […]

Going against the tide

As the holiday of Pesach approaches, my thoughts turn to war-torn Ukraine. One of the four names that Passover is referred to is “Zman Cherutenu” the Time of our Freedom. What type of freedom are the people of Ukraine experiencing now? For those who remain in their country – with the terrifying sounds of shelling, gunshots and explosions, and for […]

Rabbinically Speaking

Mirrors and windows

There are mirrors and there are windows. According to Jewish tradition, we’re not supposed to pray in front of a mirror. At the same time, every sanctuary must have a window. So what’s the difference between a mirror and a window? The Yiddish poet Shlomo Ansky suggests an answer: “In a mirror the plain glass is covered with a little […]

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